All Media--One Interface
Media Center turns your PC into a complete digital entertainment center.
- Media Center connects your PC to a stereo, TV, home theater, remote control devices, digital cameras, scanners, portable music players and UPnP player devices.
- Use Media Center for ripping and playing music, burning cds, listening to Podcasts, copying music onto a portable device and organizing your music collection using a multitude of organization fields. If you can't find the field you need, create your own custom field.
- Encode and play all popular media formats.
- Play Web radio, TV, DVDs, Podcasts, video files and show digital images on your PC.
- Powerful utilities include three different servers for streaming music and images to remote PCs and standalone networked players.
Media Center has more advanced features than any other application for superior customization and control of a media collection.
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- 1 Media Center Controls
- 2 Controlling Media Center
- 3 Setting Up Media Center
- 4 Media Files
- 5 External Content
- 6 Playlists, Smartlists and Playlist Groups
- 7 View Schemes
- 8 Database Expressions
- 9 Drives & Devices
- 10 Plug-ins
- 11 Network Plug-ins
- 12 Services
- 13 YADB
- 14 Additional Programs
- 15 Operating Systems
- 16 Hardware
- 17 Network
- 18 Troubleshooting
Media Center Controls
this section covers the controls visible on the screen.
- Screen Parts
- Organization Tree
- Menu Bar
- Search Bar
- Lower Tool Bar
- Status Bar
- Navigation (Getting Around)
- Action Window
- View Modes & Skins
- Access Control
- Media Center in Different Languages
Controlling Media Center
this section covers other (besides the screen, mouse and keyboard) methods of controlling Media Center
Setting Up Media Center
This section covers the range of settings to get Media Center to behave just the way you want it to. (under development)
- Options (Tools->Options - the main page for settings)
- Startup Settings
- File Types Settings. (File Associations)
covers what files Media Center handles, and how it stores them in a library.
- Audio Files
- Image Files
- Video Files
- Other files
- File Properties (tags)
- Move, Copy, Delete, Upload or Mail Files
- Licensed Files (Windows Media Manager)
Playing content from the Internet
Playlists, Smartlists and Playlist Groups
Play your content in the order you want.
- Playlists - Arrange content in a fixed order.
- Smartlists - Arrange content according to rules, including random ordering.
- Playlist Groups - Organize your Playlists.
View Schemes in Media Center provide a way to view your library based on customized fields that you select. You can define your own "View Scheme", which is essentially a list of prioritized groupings (or filters) of your library. Creating custom View Schemes is the key to unlocking the true power and potential of the Media Center database.
You can use them to view your media any way you want. If you can imagine a way to look at, sort, or organize your media, the odds that you can create a View Scheme to accomplish it!
Be sure to read the full View Schemes page for a detailed explanation of what a 'view scheme' is and for help in getting started with creating your own. Or, if you already understand the basics, use the links below to go directly to some media specific examples.
- Audio View schemes
- Picture View schemes
- Video View schemes
- 'All Media' View schemes
- Other View Scheme building tips
Use Excel-style functions for use in view schemes, searches, and displayed columns
Drives & Devices
provides quick access to your CD-R, CD-R/RW, DVD, Handhelds, "My Computer" and the TV Tuner.
- CDs and DVDs
- Handheld and Portable Devices like MP3 players or IPODs.
- TV Tuner lets you watch TV, pause it and record your favorite show.
- My Computer device lets you browse through your computer's hard disks, mapped network drives, and network places. It's handy if you want to play a file without importing it.
- Digital Cameras
Customize Media Center in many different ways.
Share your digital content with other computers, TiVos and Media Receivers.
- Library Server - Share your library with another computer running Media Center.
- WebRemote - Control Media Center through an internet browser
- TiVo Server - Share your music and pictures with your TiVo.
- UPnP Server - Share your library with a Media Receiver using UPnP.
- Media Server - Run Media Center is a resource saving mode, just the Sharing Plug-ins are loaded, the rest is not.
- Sharing Plug-in Debugging Hints - Helpful hints for debugging.
Online stores where you can purchase digital content.
Lookup CD or track information online.
- Computer Stability Issues
- Connecting Media Center to a Home Stereo
- Connect a TV to your PC
- Logitech Keyboard Media Keys
- Drive Failures and Data Recovery
- Media Network
- Playing music across a network
- Sharing a media library with multiple users on a home network (LAN)
- NAS - File naming standards